When Charlotte SHOUT! took over the Queen City in mid-May, The Biscuit put out the call and assembled a team of the city’s mightiest Instagrammers to cover all the excitement and spark joy. (We hear you, Marie Kondo.) We called them “Creative Correspondents.” After just one day, they dubbed themselves the #CLTAvengers … and it stuck.
We’ve asked five of them to each share one event they’re really excited about between now and July 15 … and here are their picks. CLTAvengers, assemble!
PICKS FROM JAVIER MORALES – @QC_JAVI
Event of Choice: FABULOSO-A Colectiva Party
When & Where: Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 7pm at Snug Harbor
Tickets: Tickets at the door $7
“This event is a collaboration between ‘Comunidad Colectiva’ and Snug Harbor to raise funds and continue the supporting efforts of the immigrant families who depend on their services daily in this city by throwing down an amazing concert. Performances by Locals Chocala, Quisol and Sister Mantos from California.” – Javier Morales
PICKS FROM PORTER METZLER – @porter.metzler
Event of Choice: CLT DJ Battle
When & Where: Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8pm at DUPP&SWAT
Tickets: SOLD OUT … but (read below)
“On Friday June 12th, four ridiculously talented DJs are taking over Dupp&Swat at Camp North End to battle for control of the dance floor. DJ Fannie Mae, DJ Glory, DJ Zio and DOMii will each bring their own unique spin to make sure you keep grooving. Unfortunately, the event is sold out, but Charlotte Is Creative is giving a ticket to five lucky followers over on their Instagram page! They are choosing winners on Friday, June 5, so hurry and enter! You don’t want to miss this Clash of the DJ Titans!” – Porter Metzler
PICK FROM ERIN BREEDEN – @ERINMBREEDEN
Event of Choice: Out of Body – Art Exhibition by Arthur Brouthers
When & Where: July 12 at C3 Lab from 7 – 10 p.m.
Tickets: Free! More information here.
“Arthur Brouthers is one of my favorite Charlotte artists and whenever he has an event debuting his latest series or exhibition, I try my damnedest to be there. It’s always a guarantee that the night will be full of art, music, new experiences and familiar faces. This event even promises to have an interactive digital installation for participants to simulate their own ‘out of body experience.’ No idea what that means, but I’m game to find out.” – Erin Breeden
PICK FROM CHARLOTTE GUICE – @CharlotteGuiceDesigns
Event of Choice: GRAND OPENING! Charlotte Collective
When & Where: July 13 at 10am at 1222 Central Ave.
Tickets: Free! More information here.
“This is a recent find for me, but one I’m quite excited about. It’s so great to see a retail shop opening that’s entirely focused on showcasing local small businesses. We have such an abundance and range of talent in our backyard and it’s essential for retailers and the community to support our entrepreneurs. Having been the founder and designer of an apparel/accessories company for 10 yrs, this especially hits home with me. Plus, there’s much more meaning when you can get a sense of the story behind products and the hands that created them.” – Charlotte Guice
PICK FROM SARA COLEE – @tomcatcolee
Event of Choice: Four Finger Records at Free Range Brewery’s 4th Anniversary Party
When & Where: July 13 Noon to 11pm at 2320 N Davidson St.
“Returning to the Queen City after 10 years and running into old friends was a perk to coming home, but running into old friends who have started their own indie record label? Now, that’s just BADASS.
In that seemingly short decade that I was galavanting around, Jeremy Ryan Smith and Leo Solis banded together (yes pun intended) and birthed Four Finger Records back in 2017. Both of these guys have had impressive careers as full-time musicians. In fact, they still spend a significant amount of time on international tours supporting artists. These guys have been creating music in Charlotte for a long time now and are still at it — adding fun, energetic, musical badassery to an already vibrant scene.
Here are some things you gotta’ know before you go:
- Not only are the bands that are signed to their label amazing, but they also make incredible music themselves.
- They have a podcast.
- They’re f*#$ing side-splitting hilarious.
- My old college roomie did the comic book style design logo. (Shout out, @bridgitconnell!)
- They openly shout out local talent well outside their perspective genres (i.e. Elevator Jay) because really they don’t care about genre or demographics or even the stupid ‘rules’ of the music industry, they just care about good music.
Don’t take my word for it, check out 4 of their signed bands at Free Range Brewery’s 4th Anniversary shindig on July 13th. The lineup includes: Solis, The Wilt, Jude Moses and The Raineers.
Note: 2 other bands will be playing who are not on the Four Finger label. (I’m sure they’ll be rad, too.)” – Sara Colee
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